Year 8-12 BYOD Program

There have been extensive discussions and research in education recently about the impact of mobile devices in the classroom.

  • 21st-century workforce demands skills such as creativity, critical thinking, innovation, communication and collaboration. It is increasingly becoming difficult to prepare young people for a digital world without letting them rehearse in mobile, online spaces.
  • Such devices, in the hands of every student, afford seamless learning opportunities that bridge the formal learning in schools with the informal, outside of classrooms and schools.
  • The cloud enables any student with a device to browse the web to store and share information and access applications.
  • The learning styles of today’s digital learners are significantly different in comparison to previous decades.
  • The devices are already significant parts of students’ lives.

Amity College recognises the need to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, where technology plays a large role in our personal, social and professional lives.

For that purpose, College implements two programs

  • For year 8-12 BYOD (Bring your own device)
  • For year 7 students SIP (School iPad Program)

School will provide a brand new iPad to each year 7 student at 2017. Year 7 students will only use these iPads at school, they will be allowed to take their iPads to home.

Year 8-12 are allowed to bring their own computing device to school.

By facilitating these programs, the College aims to enhance students’ learning experience and empower them in the way they use technology for their learning.

Listed below are a range of opportunities that either could enhance or transform teaching and learning through the implementation of technology at Amity College:

  • Textbooks and handouts available on devices
  • Note-taking and organisation of digital notebooks
  • Completion, annotation and submission of workbook in PDF format
  • File sharing
  • Knowledge interaction and transmission
  • Internet research and communication
  • Access to videos/animations that complement teaching
  • Reading apps that include embedded dictionaries, search and note-taking
  • Exploring mathematical concepts using CAS apps
  • Digital storytelling and screen casting to reflect learning
  • Anytime, anywhere access to learning and creation through a single device
  • Collaborative brainstorming
  • Instantaneous feedback loops and formative assessment
  • Multimodal assessment tasks
  • All students in Year 7 are expected to bring school iPad to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
  • All students in Years 8-12 are expected to bring a computing device to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
  • Year 8-12 students and parents are responsible for ensuring that the device meets the Device Specifications.
  • Students must connect their device to the designated wireless network supplied by Amity College at school grounds. Access to the device and school network is strictly for educational purposes. Any other use is forbidden.
  • Students must use their device in accordance with the ICT Usage Policy.
  • Students must follow teachers’ directions as to appropriate use of their devices in class.
  • Standard discipline procedures will apply in case a student fails to bring their device.
  • Each student is responsible for the care and conduct of their own device at all times. They must ensure that the device is brought to school with enough charge.
  • School is NOT responsible for
    • personal devices/school iPads that are broken/damaged/lost/stolen while at school or during school-related activities,
    • maintenance of any personal device including keeping it charged, installing software or updates, fixing.

Device

Year 7 students will use iPads provided by Amity College within (SIP) School iPad Program.

Year 8-12 students are free to use any device within BYOD (Bring your own device)recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3rd generation or later)

However Amity College recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3rd generation or later) with a wifi only model. If you prefer a device other than iPad it should have the following specifications:

  • wireless connectivity
  • touch screen capability with a screen size of at least 9-inch (diagonal)
  • operating system iOS, Windows 10 or Android
  • minimum battery life of 7 hours (10 hours recommended)
  • minimum disk size of 16 GB (32 GB recommended)

Note that, in case of a device other than iPad being chosen, school does not support compatibility issues that might arise.

Accessories

Devices must have a protective case with a flip over cover. This is essential both for class management and device protection. The chosen case needs to be able to absorb the shock when the device is dropped, otherwise the device will be damaged.

You may also like to provide a keyboard and/or a stylus. These items are not compulsory, but school strongly recommends a fine tip stylus since it replaces pen to give a natural writing experience on the tablet. We recommend using Adonit Jot Pro which could be purchased from booklists.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) means all computer hardware, software, systems and telecommunications devices and technology (including the Internet and email) that may be used at school or accessed from the school campus with or without the assistance of school provided internet. This does not exempt personal devices whilst in use on the College campus.

  • Amity College recognises ICT as a privilege; therefore this privilege can be taken or revoked when it is deemed necessary by the college on the ground of violation of College’s rules.
  • Amity College provides ICT only for educational purposes, use of ICT for any other purpose is not allowed and students have entire responsibility of self-monitoring.
  • Students bear full responsibility for the following aspect of use of school’s ICT services:
    • Protecting their own personal information and data
    • Adhering to rules of security in online environment for which school will provide basic training
    • Respecting other people’s privacy
    • Upholding all relevant copyright rules and laws
    • Expressing themselves in an acceptable manner to school on all occasions.
  • Students are solely responsible of maintenance and safe keeping of all ICT equipment. We expect our students to use their best judgement to treat equipment with utmost respect. School will not accept any responsibility if any personal ICT equipment is damaged or stolen.
  • Students will have to pay for damages or loss of any school ICT equipment.
  • Students are required to have a protective case with a flip over cover. Students will not be allowed to use their tablets without covers.
  • Devices need to be labelled clearly with students’ names and students need to have passwords for their own devices.
  • Students are responsible to charge their devices from home.
  • While using ICT, students have to abide by all relevant state and federal rules and regulations. Students are solely responsible for their commitment to uphold all relevant state and federal laws.
  • The college has the right to monitor and check the ICT use for all written, graphic, audio, and other materials created, produced, communicated, stored or accessed on school ICT by its students, including private or school provided email accounts.
  • The college is committed to ensure that all students and teachers have a basic understanding of its relevant policy. Furthermore it is students’ responsibility to uphold school’s rules and regulations. Any breach of school code of conduct in this regard will cause disciplinary action against those who violate rules of this policy.
  • Students are not allowed to use photo, camera and voice recording functions of devices unless directed by their instructor strictly for educational purposes.
  • Students cannot have access to their portable devices during recess, lunch and transition periods. During these times all personal ICT devices allowed at school grounds should be securely kept in personal lockers. Violations of this rule may cause evoking of your privilege to utilise these devices at school ground. Provisions may be made for students who want to use their devices during the breaks.
  • Students cannot access any social media outlets whilst they are at school grounds with or without the assistance of school network
  • Students cannot access internet with the help of any other network other than school provided network
  • Mobile phones cannot be used to replace tablet computers. Students will be held accountable for the use of mobile phone in accordance with relevant mobile phone policies.
  • Transmitting and accessing materials which are deemed to be inappropriate by the College is strictly forbidden. These inappropriate materials can be classified but not limited to the following:
    • Any kind or form of threat or harassment
    • Sexually explicit
    • Any material that may cause emotional or physical harm
    • Any material that may be used to bully others
    • Any material that is racially or culturally offensive to others
    • Any material that infringes all relevant copyright and licensing laws and regulations
    • Any material that breaches state and federal laws

If students receive materials falling into categories listed above from others without their consent and fail to notify school admin, they will be equally held responsible for accessing these sort of materials

  • The following will require disciplinary actions within the guidelines of Student Handbook:
    • Communication of information that may cause security risks to ICT system including but not limited to passwords or any other confidential information
    • Plagiarising by using College’s ICT
    • Breaching copyright and all relevant licensing rules and regulations
    • Unauthorized download of any digital material including software programs, apps, videos, music, pictures and copying them on other portable mediums
    • Communication of unauthorized information that include original or modified images, audio or video of staff members
    • Downloading any personal material or any material that is not related to any class work by using school ICT
    • Refusing to follow teacher’s instructions in relation to device usage in class

Refusing to adhere to these rules and regulations and not following teachers’ and administration’s direction will be ground for evoking privilege to use these devices at the school. School reserves its right to temporarily confiscate and/or ban these devices to individual students due to violations.

Primary Apps

It is necessary to have at least one of the software (apps) or its equivalent from each row below. In most cases there are free options for each type of software. Note that school prefers software running on iPad and does not guarantee that compatible software for Windows or Android based devices exists.

Secondary Apps

In addition to general purpose software listed above, each of these software (apps) below or their equivalent should be installed.

Responsibilities
  • All students in Year 7 are expected to bring school iPad to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
  • All students in Years 8-12 are expected to bring a computing device to school every day. This device should only be used by the student who owns it.
  • Year 8-12 students and parents are responsible for ensuring that the device meets the Device Specifications.
  • Students must connect their device to the designated wireless network supplied by Amity College at school grounds. Access to the device and school network is strictly for educational purposes. Any other use is forbidden.
  • Students must use their device in accordance with the ICT Usage Policy.
  • Students must follow teachers’ directions as to appropriate use of their devices in class.
  • Standard discipline procedures will apply in case a student fails to bring their device.
  • Each student is responsible for the care and conduct of their own device at all times. They must ensure that the device is brought to school with enough charge.
  • School is NOT responsible for
    • personal devices/school iPads that are broken/damaged/lost/stolen while at school or during school-related activities,
    • maintenance of any personal device including keeping it charged, installing software or updates, fixing.
Device Specifications

Device

Year 7 students will use iPads provided by Amity College within (SIP) School iPad Program.

Year 8-12 students are free to use any device within BYOD (Bring your own device)recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3rd generation or later)

However Amity College recommends a full sized Apple iPad (3rd generation or later) with a wifi only model. If you prefer a device other than iPad it should have the following specifications:

  • wireless connectivity
  • touch screen capability with a screen size of at least 9-inch (diagonal)
  • operating system iOS, Windows 10 or Android
  • minimum battery life of 7 hours (10 hours recommended)
  • minimum disk size of 16 GB (32 GB recommended)

Note that, in case of a device other than iPad being chosen, school does not support compatibility issues that might arise.

Accessories

Devices must have a protective case with a flip over cover. This is essential both for class management and device protection. The chosen case needs to be able to absorb the shock when the device is dropped, otherwise the device will be damaged.

You may also like to provide a keyboard and/or a stylus. These items are not compulsory, but school strongly recommends a fine tip stylus since it replaces pen to give a natural writing experience on the tablet. We recommend using Adonit Jot Pro which could be purchased from booklists.

ICT Usage Policy

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) means all computer hardware, software, systems and telecommunications devices and technology (including the Internet and email) that may be used at school or accessed from the school campus with or without the assistance of school provided internet. This does not exempt personal devices whilst in use on the College campus.

  • Amity College recognises ICT as a privilege; therefore this privilege can be taken or revoked when it is deemed necessary by the college on the ground of violation of College’s rules.
  • Amity College provides ICT only for educational purposes, use of ICT for any other purpose is not allowed and students have entire responsibility of self-monitoring.
  • Students bear full responsibility for the following aspect of use of school’s ICT services:
    • Protecting their own personal information and data
    • Adhering to rules of security in online environment for which school will provide basic training
    • Respecting other people’s privacy
    • Upholding all relevant copyright rules and laws
    • Expressing themselves in an acceptable manner to school on all occasions.
  • Students are solely responsible of maintenance and safe keeping of all ICT equipment. We expect our students to use their best judgement to treat equipment with utmost respect. School will not accept any responsibility if any personal ICT equipment is damaged or stolen.
  • Students will have to pay for damages or loss of any school ICT equipment.
  • Students are required to have a protective case with a flip over cover. Students will not be allowed to use their tablets without covers.
  • Devices need to be labelled clearly with students’ names and students need to have passwords for their own devices.
  • Students are responsible to charge their devices from home.
  • While using ICT, students have to abide by all relevant state and federal rules and regulations. Students are solely responsible for their commitment to uphold all relevant state and federal laws.
  • The college has the right to monitor and check the ICT use for all written, graphic, audio, and other materials created, produced, communicated, stored or accessed on school ICT by its students, including private or school provided email accounts.
  • The college is committed to ensure that all students and teachers have a basic understanding of its relevant policy. Furthermore it is students’ responsibility to uphold school’s rules and regulations. Any breach of school code of conduct in this regard will cause disciplinary action against those who violate rules of this policy.
  • Students are not allowed to use photo, camera and voice recording functions of devices unless directed by their instructor strictly for educational purposes.
  • Students cannot have access to their portable devices during recess, lunch and transition periods. During these times all personal ICT devices allowed at school grounds should be securely kept in personal lockers. Violations of this rule may cause evoking of your privilege to utilise these devices at school ground. Provisions may be made for students who want to use their devices during the breaks.
  • Students cannot access any social media outlets whilst they are at school grounds with or without the assistance of school network
  • Students cannot access internet with the help of any other network other than school provided network
  • Mobile phones cannot be used to replace tablet computers. Students will be held accountable for the use of mobile phone in accordance with relevant mobile phone policies.
  • Transmitting and accessing materials which are deemed to be inappropriate by the College is strictly forbidden. These inappropriate materials can be classified but not limited to the following:
    • Any kind or form of threat or harassment
    • Sexually explicit
    • Any material that may cause emotional or physical harm
    • Any material that may be used to bully others
    • Any material that is racially or culturally offensive to others
    • Any material that infringes all relevant copyright and licensing laws and regulations
    • Any material that breaches state and federal laws

If students receive materials falling into categories listed above from others without their consent and fail to notify school admin, they will be equally held responsible for accessing these sort of materials

  • The following will require disciplinary actions within the guidelines of Student Handbook:
    • Communication of information that may cause security risks to ICT system including but not limited to passwords or any other confidential information
    • Plagiarising by using College’s ICT
    • Breaching copyright and all relevant licensing rules and regulations
    • Unauthorized download of any digital material including software programs, apps, videos, music, pictures and copying them on other portable mediums
    • Communication of unauthorized information that include original or modified images, audio or video of staff members
    • Downloading any personal material or any material that is not related to any class work by using school ICT
    • Refusing to follow teacher’s instructions in relation to device usage in class

Refusing to adhere to these rules and regulations and not following teachers’ and administration’s direction will be ground for evoking privilege to use these devices at the school. School reserves its right to temporarily confiscate and/or ban these devices to individual students due to violations.

Recommended Software (Apps)

Primary Apps

It is necessary to have at least one of the software (apps) or its equivalent from each row below. In most cases there are free options for each type of software. Note that school prefers software running on iPad and does not guarantee that compatible software for Windows or Android based devices exists.

Secondary Apps

In addition to general purpose software listed above, each of these software (apps) below or their equivalent should be installed.